Norfolk Youth Killed, 2 Hurt In Truck Crash

(Special To The Times)


(June 4, 1941-October 23, 1959)


Potsdam, Oct. 24--James Butler, 18, of Norfolk, was instantly killed at 9:15 last night when the 1957 pick-up truck he was driving failed to make a right curve on the Sissonville road, 1.6 miles north of this village, and struck a tree.

Injured and taken to the Potsdam hospital were Vincent Regan, 19, of Norwood, Route 2, suffering from a laceration of the left eye and possible fracture of the hand, and Clare Regan, 19, his wife, who received a laceration of the face and possible chest injuries. Their conditions are listed as fair today. They were passengers in the vehicle.

The accident, according to state police of Canton, occurred one and six-tenths of a mile from Potsdam. The truck was owned by Francis Butler of Norfolk, father of the dead youth. The senior Mr. Butler owns a plumbing business in that village.

Village police, sheriff’s deputies and state police went to the scene after a neighbor had reported the crash.

The Potsdam volunteer rescue squad arrived with two ambulances, and took Mr. and Mrs. Regan to the hospital. Dr. M.L. Stevenson was appointed coroner’s physician by Dr. Samuel Livingston of Madrid, St. Lawrence county coroner. Dr. Stevenson said Butler’s death was caused by a fractured skull. He said an inquest will be held.

The funeral for James Butler will be Monday at 9 a.m. at the Church of the Visitation, Norfolk, Rev. Francis Connors, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Buck funeral home, Norwood, this evening and Sunday afternoon and evening.

He is survived by his father, Francis Leon Butler; his step-mother, Mrs. Margaret J. Butler; a brother, John L., Norfolk; four sisters, Mrs. Vernon (Lorraine) Richards and Mrs. William (Jean) LaPlante, both of Norfolk, Mrs. Milan (Helene) Stark, Potsdam, and Mrs. George (Joan) Puchts, Syracuse.

He was born at Norfolk on June 4, 1941, a son of Francis and Grace Castle Butler. His mother died when he was born.

James was graduated from Norwood-Norfolk Central school in June and was in his first year at Canton A.T.I. In high school he was active in athletics, taking part in basketball, baseball and football. He was a member of the band, the orchestra and the choir.


(This obituary was provided by Joan Tyo Lalonde, and was from the October 24, 1959 edition of the Watertown Daily Times).